MacLaren Society

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At Thomas MacLaren School, we believe that all human beings can know truth, create beauty, and practice goodness. The MacLaren Society is dedicated to bringing this pursuit to the broader Colorado Springs community through the lenses of the humanities, the sciences, and the arts.

MacLaren Society events are free of charge and are for adults and MacLaren upperclassmen only.  

MacLaren Society Events in 2019-20

  • Friday, November 15 - Film Screening: The Straight StoryJoin Thomas MacLaren School and film critic Benjamin Burtzos as we slow down to enjoy the touching true story of Alvin Straight and his odyssey across the American heartland.
    • Where: Ivywild School Gymnasium, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
    • When: Doors and cash bar open at 7:00 p.m. Film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Analysis and conversation will follow.
    • RSVP Required: Admission is free but seating is limited. Please click here to register. 
  • Saturday, January 25 - Presentation and Discussion: Leisure -Join us as Thomas MacLaren School and Colorado College collaborate to present MacLaren Society: Leisure. We will discuss the purpose of education, the history and value of the Liberal Arts, and the classical influence of leisure, with Dr. Timothy Fuller and Mr. Benjamin LaBadie.

Prior to the 2:00 lecture, tours of Shove Chapel with an emphasis on the stained glass windows depicting the Liberal Arts will be offered by Dr. Timothy Fuller, an expert on these works of art.

The 2:00 p.m. lecture will include a time Q&A about the purpose of education.

A reception over which to continue the conversation will follow, provided by the Philosophy Department of Colorado College, and will take place in Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall. 

Free parking on campus will be available in the lot adjacent to Armstrong Hall or just north of the library. 

  • Where: Shove Chapel at Colorado College
  • When: 
    • Tours of Shove Chapel: 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • Lecture: 2:00 p.m.
    • Reception: 3:30 p.m.
  • RSVP Required: Admission is free. Please click here to register.

For more information, please contact Joy Oram, Director of Community Engagement, at

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